Third Annual Dinner – The Best of Beaulieu

The theme was the Best of Beaulieu and at this year’s Annual Dinner, on Saturday 27th September, Beaulieu showed just how good its best could be.

In a Museum that gleamed and surrounded by cars that shone, Beaulieu One Hundred members and their guests enjoyed cocktails and champagne before sitting down to a sumptious four course dinner, an excellent after dinner speaker and an auction of money can’t buy experiences.

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Our guest speaker was Doug Nye who, given the Best of Beaulieu theme, was an obvious choice.

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Doug first visited Beaulieu in 1953 – just one year after the it had opened to the public and, as he explained, Beaulieu shaped his life, being responsible for his life-long love affair with racing cars.

Three iconic cars, representing special moments in both British racing history and the history of the Museum, formed the basis of his talk:

The 1950s BRM – raced by Reg Parnell, Sir Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio,

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The 1967 Lotus 49 – famously driven by Graham Hill

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And the 1996 Williams Renault FW18 – raced to success by Damon Hill.

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Having written many books on the BRM, previously owned the Lotus and with great affection for the Williams, Doug was able to regale his audience with a speech that combined personal anecdotes with in-depth data and expert insights – with the added highlight of showing rare footage of the cars in action.

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For the evening’s finale, author, historian and auctioneer Guy Loveridge,
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assisted by our MC for the evening, Practical Classics’ Editor, Danny Hopkins,

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led the bidding on our auction of the unusual and the unique. This included –

– A photo shoot by Guild of Motoring Writers’ Photographer of the Year, Matt Howell, (donated by Practical Classics)

– A driving lesson in either the 1904 De Dion Bouton or the 1928 Austin Clifton before taking it for a drive around Beaulieu

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– An original illustration of your car by renowned motoring illustrator Peter Hutton

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– The truly unique experience of spending a night in the National Motor Museum with only a handful of friends and the world-famous collection of cars for company.

And so, with over £6,500 raised towards the National Motor Museum, over £5,000 pledged towards our BRM Preservation Appeal and £1,500 raised for the Countryside Education Trust, our third Annual Dinner and Auction successfully concluded.

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